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25 Species Endangered – We Must Not Lose

October 2006: The IUCN, the World Conservation Union, an international organisation dedicated to natural resource conservation has various labels for species based on its perception of their status – threatened, vulnerable, endangered, and so on.

And Then There Were None… The Future Of Frogs?

“Frogs, so common in these humid forests, are crucial links in the ecology. If they disappear, all kinds of food chains will be broken and the effect could be little short of catastrophic to wildlife in general. And sadly, for now at least, it seems like the golden frog has waved its last in the wild.”

Will We Force The Narcondam Hornbill Into Extinction?

Human actions, whether direct or indirect, are nowadays almost singularly responsible for nudging species towards their doom. Redemption from such a, potentially, lost cause lies in the adroit harnessing of resources, an assessment of the situation, the application of rigorous science, and hopefully, the forestalling of a threatened species careening towards extinction.

Tigers? What About The Elephants

Stranded. On the terrace of a Pollution Control Research Centre building on the edge of Rajaji National Park in Uttarakhand. It’s nearing midnight, and we have been here for hours. I am hungry, exhausted and the bones are stiff with the effort of sitting still, silent, as if we weren’t here at all. To fool, well, to try fool, the elephant barely ten feet away from us.

Whither Apis mellifera?

There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance. – Henry David Thoreau

Saving the Pygmy Hog

It is the world’s smallest and rarest extant suid and only a handful of people can ever claim to have seen it in the wild. It is 55 to 71 cm. long, weighs around eight to 11 kg. and stands just 12 inches (20 to 30 cm.) tall. The days when the pygmy hog was common along the foothill plains of the Himalaya in India, Bhutan and Nepal are long past.

The Man-Eating Syndrome

There are now eleven Tiger Reserves in India. Hopefully, there will soon be more. The killing of tigers and their commercial exploitation is banned, but along with the desire to save the tiger there exists a blind determination to exploit his habitat. The tiger is our national animal and an international status symbol, but we have not been able to muster sufficient political support to prevent the destruction…

Tiger Truths

January/February 1993: The author, ‘Billy’ Arjan Singh was one of the first to blow the whistle on the sinister motives of the shikar operators who insisted on minting fortunes out of shikar, even when presented with evidence that the great cats were headed towards extinction.

Corbett National Park

The author, a confirmed Corbett addict, talks of the Park, its forests, history and its many moods, with quiet authority born out of years of association and love.

Saving The Barasingha A Conservation Saga

Cradled in the sylvan Mekal hills in the eastern sector of the central Indian highland, Kanha National Park sprawls over an area of 940 square km. in the Mandla and Balahgat districts of Madhya Pradesh. It is not only among the largest of India's national parks, but is considered to be one of the best wildlife treasure troves of Asia.

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